BIA News & Updates
New Board of Directors:

Chair:  Antonella Ceglia ( La Roma )

Vice Chair:  Tony Zacconi ( Sala San Marco )

Treasurer: Cristina Forieri ( Vasto )

City Council Designate: Catherine McKenney

Amanda Cockburn: ( Freewheeling Craft )

Eric Diotte: ( Divino Wine Studio )

Marcus Filoso: ( Aquilina Urban Parking )

Claudio Lepore: ( [u]brand Promotions )

Denis Matte: ( Gencon Capital Resources Inc. )

Stephen Moffatt: ( Waterford Property Group / Sakto )

Amanda Papalia: ( Vincent )

Lauryn Santini: ( Santini Gallery )

(Minutes from the AGM held on January 15, 2019 are available for download at the above link)

Ice Dragon Boat Festival this weekend

The Ottawa Ice Dragon Boat Festival is the Worlds largest Ice Dragon Boat Festival, starting today and running all day Saturday. Taking place on Dow's Lake, the boats get equipped with skate-like blades and competitors propel themselves along the course using spiked ice-picks. The festival is a world class celebration that offers free concerts, family fun, all aged activities, traditional aboriginal dancers and traditional Chinese lion dancers.

The Dow's Lake Pavilion will be hosting free concerts during the  festival. Tonight, Juno Award winning group, Bedouin Sound Clash, perform at 9:30pm - opening act, Jacquie Neville starts at 8:15pm.

On Saturday there will be live music throughout the day, from 1pm and going late into the evening. Headliners for Saturday will be indie-pop group, Dear Rouge. 

The dragon boat races start at 8:00AM Saturday morning and the finals will be from 5:45PM till 7:00PM

Presdelicious 2019

Presdelicious kicks off March 1st and runs until the 10th.

This is a signature event that features the diverse and fabulous cuisine offered by our restaurants.  Patrons get to visit those restaurants they've always wanted to try and sample the menu with a three course fixed price menu.

We have seen significant growth in the number of meals that have been sold through this campaign, which is always scheduled during traditionally slow times for restaurants.
This is our third edition of Presdelicious and the first one being held in the quiet winter period. Please promote your fellow merchants and get the word out! #Presdelicious2019

Ask the People on Preston Video Campaign

  • ASK PEOPLE ON PRESTON is an exciting new video campaign showcasing the expertise, personalities and compelling stories of you, the Preston Street merchants
  • The 60 second to 90 second web videos will feature merchants demonstrating their expertise at their place of business
  • The videos will provide fun, valuable and entertaining tips, tricks and secrets from the experts on Preston Street. (eg. how to brew the perfect cappuccino, how to dance the salsa, how to sew on a button) that are unique to the Preston Street experience
  • The videos will run on the Preston BIA website and Preston BIA YouTube channel and will be promoted on all channels
  • The series takes advantage of YouTube reach (#2 search engine in the world) and the popularity of the 'how to video (#1 category on YouTube)
  • The campaign will run bi-weekly February to September
  • The BIA will be supplementing most of the cost of the video series, the cost to members is only $99
  • There is very limited space in the program.
If you have an interesting life hack and would like to be featured in a video, please respond in writing no later than February 22nd to

Event Calendar Information

Last year we had mixed response to the printed version of the calendar, so the outgoing Board decided they would leave the decision to print the Calendar to the New Board. We still have the print versions of the Calendar going into the Kitchissippi Times and Ottawa Business Journal. These will be similar in format to the previous events calendars, and will promote events happening in Little Italy.

Start thinking about promotions you might want to do in the month of March. Deadline for March ad is February 15th.

We can add events to the web calendar throughout the month so be sure to make us aware of any special event or promotion you are having. We will also use that information to expand your advertising reach through the BIA social media channels.

If you have an event that you would like listed on the website, please email
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Lori Mellor
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